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GRATITUDE, CELEBRATION, AND THE POWER OF SECOND CHANCES
UNSTOPPABLE TOOLS FROM SPECIAL FORCES: View fear/stress as a guide, accept it, even welcome it because it keeps you sharper Set mini-goals, celebrate and feel gratitude Sense of humor — keeps you flexible, positive Knowledge is power — learn as much as you can about the thing that is feared or that stresses you Role Models — learn from positive & negative ones
I AM A SURVIVOR OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Vulnerabilities: History of Childhood Sexual Abuse History of SUD, Trauma Poverty, Desperation
WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING? Federal law defines trafficking in persons as, “. . . sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age. . . ” Human Trafficking is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world, generating roughly $32 Billion a year
FACTS Addiction: Compulsive use of a substance despite negative or dangerous effects. (Bio-Psycho-Social) Addiction disrupts the hard wiring of the brain. It is not a moral weakness or a lack of willpower. Recovery is the creation of a new lifestyle, re-wiring the brain. 23. 5 million adults in U. S. are in recovery. One Big Risk Factor is the age you start using. In our early teenage years, our brains are most plastic. Early use can affect memory and emotional maturation.
STRONG FOUNDATION FOR RECOVERY AND WELLNESS Courage, combined with love, is unstoppable. Recovery is a plan of action. You are not your thoughts. It is your actions that define you. Compassion and kindness toward self and others creates unlimited “second chances” for healing. It’s empowering to realize that the happiness you experience today is because of, not in spite of, the things you’ve overcome. Celebrate & give thanks.
UNSTOPPABLE TIPS FROM SPECIAL FORCES Remember your strengths, look for ways to increase and build your strengths Stay connected to your team and protect your team Moral compass — tap into “spiritual fitness” religion and spirituality, drawing faith from them Altruism: Unselfish regard for the welfare of others You can “Act as if” when facing any challenge Positive emotions are more contagious than negative
UNSTOPPABLY GOOD LIFE LESSONS What may look like luck to some is actually the result of staying the course, networking & contacts. Be kind to yourself and others. We all carry burdens. Kindness is brave. Positive visualization works. (Many ways to do this) Your voice is an instrument. It’s not only the words you say, but the power you project. Power yourself up with mini pep talks throughout the day, and when preparing to meet challenges.
MORE UNSTOPPABLY GOOD LIFE LESSONS Stress management skills enhance & strengthen your creativity in work and in life. Gratitude & celebration fuel motivation and a sense of well-being. Navy Seals set & celebrate mini-goals. Remember: Nobody is above you and nobody is below you. You never have to compensate for any perceived shortcoming, or compare yourself to others. Be proud of who you are and what you do. Mindfulness meditation builds your personal power.
AND MORE UNSTOPPABLY GOOD STUFF Get Connected & Stay Connected Face Fear: Knowledge = Power Develop Your Action Plan: Why > How Keep Hope Alive: Celebrate & Give Thanks Embrace a Positive Mindset + Optimism Win with Mantras and Affirmations
REINFORCE YOUR FOUNDATION: WHEN SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENS, SAVOR IT Give yourself credit for whatever part you played in making it happen. Allow yourself to feel grateful for any part you didn’t play in it — help from others or just plain luck. Get the most of it — think of ways to expand the reach of the good thing and make it last — celebrate it, replay it in your mind, feel proud, happy, relieved
YOU’RE STRONGER, BRAVER, AND KINDER THAN YOU THINK Take a few minutes to thank yourself for two or three things you’ve accomplished that made your life better. Take some time to thank yourself for two or three things you’ve done that made someone else happier or safer. Think of/jot down two things you do in life that you take for granted, but would be seen as super-strong and brave by someone in another line of work.
ONE IN TEN MILLION Live as if everything is a miracle.
RESOURCES Resilience: The Art of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, by S. Southwick and D. Charney Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Stanford Medicine Archives Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl International Labor Organization Terence T. Gorski, CENAPS. com
RESOURCES Flourish, by Dr. Martin Seligman Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom, by Marti Mac. Gibbon Fierce, Funny, and Female: A Journey Through Middle America, the Texas Oil Field, and Standup Comedy Special thanks to Tom Wade, photographer